Academic Class Schedule and Fees


Age 8 and up

Age 5-7

(K-2nd grade)

Age 8-10

(3-5 grade)

Age 11-13

(Middle S)

Age 13+ (High Sch.)





(David and Greg)












Fiction writing







Beginning Java




French (Veronique)


*ends at 1:15pm






*starts at 1:15pm




Writing about literature





English grammar, usage and mechanics











Students age 8 and up may be dropped off for Scholastic classes. Students may sign up for as many or as few classes as they would like.  A study hall is available for students waiting between classes.

Parents will be required to serve as a hall monitor one Thursday per semester.

Academic Classes: Prices listed above are for 14 weeks of instruction, beginning Thursday, Sept. 10 to Thursday, Dec. 14, with Nov. 26 off for Thanksgiving). All communication about the class (including fee payment) is handled directly by the teacher.

Online registration for East Side Scholastic will begin Thursday, AUGUST 27

About Our Teachers and Classes
  • Veronique Bennett (French): As a French teacher, born and raised in Belgium where French was spoken to me even before I was born, I purpose to recreate the immersion of a first language.  I also learned my second language, English, in immersion style by going to England at 18 years old. I enrolled in an international school in Cambridge,England, and in about 8 months, became fluent in this beautiful language. Of course the immersion here, will be only one class a week but you, as a parent, can recreate it daily at home by playing the short videos of songs and stories I will suggest to watch at home even if you speak very little French yourself.
      This Fall, we will start with a traditional song:"Bonjour ma cousine",learning a new song every month.The main theme, this Fall, being family and self, for all 3 groups. The 2 first groups will have hands on crafts; coloring,drawing and making of different kinds of puppets.The third group will focus on learning about family and traveling in places where French is spoken around the world. There will be practices of conversations at every classes.First we hear the language, than we repeat it and then we read it and write it.
    At the end of October, we will start to learn a play that will be performed before Christmas at the Dewitt library. It will involve the 3 groups together.
    From January to May we will learn about food while cooking  and tasting some as well as learning about the places we live in.
    Another short play will end the year with one or several performances. Eight years ago I met with Kerin Rigney who hired me to teach the small groups of young children she was teaching French to at the Dewitt library.A year later, she passed on her classes to me and I've been teaching French to children ever since. 
  •  Susan Heitzman (English) With a BA in Renaissance and 17th Century British Literature from Smith College and an MAT in English from Colgate University, I started in 1971 a teaching career that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy for more than four decades.  Most of my work has been on the high school and college levels.  However, during the years I served as department chair at an independent school in Miami, I not only taught 7th and 8th grade English but was responsible for creating and implementing a new curriculum for grades 6-12.   During that time, I was also able to work quite extensively with even younger learners-- third to fifth graders from nearby elementary schools--especially in the areas of reading, math, and standardized test prep.  Currently, I am helping my daughter home-school her three young children.    

    As a licensed learning styles trainer, I am very deliberate about designing instruction around the learning styles of my students.  I am no longer amazed (but always gratified) when I see students who report having had difficulty in certain academic areas witness their own successes, after learning how to accommodate for their learning styles. 

    Classes offered this semester:  (1)The proposed grammar course will focus on the operation of the English language as it is used to convey meaning.  Activities will be entertaining, as well as instructive.  (2) The fiction writing course will allow students not only to explore various literary genres and practice the techniques customarily used to create them but also to share their work with their peers. (3)  Similarly, the writing about literature course will allow students not only to develop their critical reading and analytic/persuasive writing skills but also to benefit from the multiple perspectives of their classmates. 

    I feel privileged to be able to participate in a program that will provide valuable learning opportunities for Eastside Co -op students, and I look forward to the upcoming classes

  • David Rufo (Creative Learning Explorations) is an educator, researcher and artist. He is a doctoral candidate in education at Syracuse University with nineteen years experience as an elementary classroom teacher in both private and public school settings. David received a BFA from Syracuse University, BS from LeMoyne College, MS from SUNY Cortland and holds a New York State Teacher Certification. He has been an instructor in the Art Education department at Syracuse University since 2009. David has written extensively on educational practices and has presented at a number of national educational conferences. His articles may be found in a variety of peer-reviewed educational journals such as Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Journal of Visual Inquiry, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, the STEAM Journal, and Power and Education. His writings may be found at and his artwork at

  • Greg Sommer (Creative Learning Explorations) is an educator, musician, and outdoor enthusiast. Greg uses his expertise in these areas to inform his educational philosophies and methodologies. He received an A.A.S in music from Nassau Community College, a BS in elementary education from SUNY Fredonia, an MS in Literacy from SUNY Cortland and holds a New York State Teacher Certification. Greg has fourteen years teaching experience and has worked as an instructor in private, public, international, and home schooling environments. Greg has created and directed a variety of extracurricular activities such as mountain biking, bouldering, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing, slacklining, hiking, and gardening. Additionally, Greg has directed schoolwide summer programs and has been a guest lecturer at Syracuse University since 2013. 

  •  Jacob McKinnis (Java) This class will assume no prior experience with Java programming and will seek to provide a solid framework of Java basics. As a prerequisite, I will ask that the students bring their own laptops with the free program environment Processing already installed.

    Each class, I will present new information in lecture format, followed by a lab in which the students will apply what they have learned. Handouts for future reference will be provided, as well as quizzes to reinforce the material. The final weeks of the course will culminate in a small project, which may be a simple game or an application. By the end of the course, students will be comfortable reading and writing code, specifically the code pertaining to variables, methods, strings, loops, user input, and conditional statements.

  • Deanna Lee (Economics)   Deanna Lee is a homeschooling mom of four children.  She has been a member of the East Side Homeschool Cooperative since its inception.  Deanna obtained her undergraduate degree from Wharton Business College at the University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Since 1995, she taught various accounting courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Deanna was on the faculty of Arizona State University and, more recently, Syracuse University.  In 2011, she decided to leave to homeschool her growing children.  Recently she returned to working at Syracuse through teaching online MBA classes.

    Economics 10-11: In this class, students will be introduced to concepts, theories, practices, and vocabulary associated with economics and business.  Since many of the concepts are difficult for younger students to understand, there will be many illustrations, simulations, and exercises, to achieve understanding. The format of each class will be a mix of lecture, discussions, and activities.  Each student will be encouraged to ask questions, to think and to voice his/her opinions.  There will not be any homework assignments.

    Economics 12+: In this class, students will be introduced to concepts, theories, practices, and vocabulary associated with economics and business.  We will study six of the major business fields.  It is my hope that all students will complete the course feeling somewhat knowledgeable about the various business fields. The format of each class will be a mix of lecture and discussions.  Each student will be encouraged to ask questions, to think and to voice his/her opinions.  There will not be any homework assignments.

East Side Homeschool Co-Op,
Aug 22, 2015, 12:13 PM